The Trades Union Congress has condemned his attitude and defended British workers, who the organisation claims “put in some of the longest hours in Europe”.
Ms Atkins from Brighton, East Sussex, said: “He is very rude and nasty.
“I’d had a really bad morning and just asked if I could rebook the trial shift.
“I’d taken the bus and left plenty of time, but due to delays I soon realised I would be late.
“By this time I was soaking wet because the bus only went half way, and my friend lives on the same road as the cafe so I went there to shower and dry off.
“I was already a couple of hours late so asked if I could go at a later date, which is when he said no.
“Don’t get me wrong, I understand why he didn’t let me just do another shift, but his comments about British people having no work ethic were shocking.”
She added that the comment about eating bacon left her “very, very offended.”
Mr Preston-Powers defended his remarks. He said: “Our experience of running a small, private, family-run coffee shop in Hove is that the very poorest type of employee is a British one. Full stop.